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files present, have a reasonable size, do not open

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by smucker, Sep 4, 2008.

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  1. smucker

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    Pulling my hair out here...

    I just got a new monitor, and while installing that accidentally uninstalled the network card. Whoops. Talked to tech support and they said I had to do a reinstall of Windows to get it back, pretty much. So I did, checking "keep files". All went well, until I tried to get into my files. I used to share this computer with others so all of my files under "My Documents" were unshareable under the old system - I'm assuming that's why, when I tried to get to *my* user data, it kept telling me no. After some searching, I found a webpage telling me to reboot in safe mode, go into the folder properties, and reset the owner of those files to my new profile. I did, and everything was restored - except that the files in My Pictures and My Music are all still unaccessible. I can get to them, I can view them, the properties show that they have sizes which seem reasonable for full, normal files - but when I open any of my photos I get nothing - in the Windows Picture and Fax viewer, for instance, I get "no preview available". I've tried renaming the files, moving them, copying them, e-mailing them - nothing. The music files are the same - look normal, but when I try and play them they open up as a 0 second music file. Name and info is available, but no music.

    In short: any help vastly appreciated. This is the second time in two years I've lost my vacation photos, last year my camera got stolen :( Maybe I need to stop taking vacations. :(
     
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    As an aside, save all your pictures to CD or some other source, and then you can access them with almost any viewer...
     
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